Herb latin name: Polygonatum cyrtonema

Family: Convallariaceae

Medicinal use of Polygonatum cyrtonema:

The root is antiseptic, demulcent, tonic and vasodilator. Its use prevents atherosclerosis and fatty infiltration in the liver. It is used in the treatment of dry coughs due to chronic bronchitis and pulmonary tuberculosis, fatigue and poor appetite.

Description of the plant:


May to

Habitat of the herb:

Forests, thickets and shaded slopes at elevations from 500 - 2100 metres.

Propagation of Polygonatum cyrtonema:

Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in early autumn in a shady part of a cold greenhouse. Sow stored seed as early in the year as possible. Germination can be slow, they may not come true to type and it takes a few years for them to reach a good size. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in a shady position in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Division in March or October. Larger divisions can be planted out direct into their permanent positions. We have found that it is better to pot up the smaller divisions and grow them on in light shade in a cold frame until they are well established before planting them out in late spring or early summer.

Cultivation of the herb:

Forests, thickets and shaded slopes at elevations from 500 - 2100 metres.

Known hazards of Polygonatum cyrtonema:

Although no reports of toxicity have been seen for this species, some members of this genus are believed to have poisonous fruits and seeds.

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.